Epitalio

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Epitalio
Επιτάλιο
Location
Epitalio is located in Greece
Epitalio
Epitalio
Coordinates 37°37.6′N 21°29.6′E / 37.6267°N 21.4933°E / 37.6267; 21.4933Coordinates: 37°37.6′N 21°29.6′E / 37.6267°N 21.4933°E / 37.6267; 21.4933
Government
Country: Greece
Administrative region: West Greece
Regional unit: Elis
Municipality: Pyrgos
Municipal unit: Volakas
Population statistics (as of 2001)[1]
Village
 - Population: 1,893
Community
 - Population: 2,059
Other
Time zone: EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)
Elevation (center): 37 m (121 ft)
Postal code: 270 58
Telephone: 26210
Auto: ΗΑ

Epitalio (Greek: Επιτάλιο, before 1927: Αγουλινίτσα - Agoulinitsa[2]) is a town and a community in the municipal unit of Volakas, Elis, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Pyrgos.[3] Epitalio was the seat of the former municipality Volakas. Epitalio is situated at the foot of low hills, 4 km from the Ionian Sea and 2 km from the river Alfeios. It is 7 km southeast of Pyrgos, 12 km west of Olympia and 12 km northwest of Krestena. The Greek National Road 9 (Patras - Pyrgos - Kyparissia) and the railway from Pyrgos to Kalamata run through Epitalio. The community consists of the town Epitalio and the beach village Paralia.

Historical population[edit]

Year Town Community
1981 1,869 -
1991 1,752 -
2001 1,893 2,059

History[edit]

Epitalio was named after the ancient Elean city Epitalium. Epitalium, identified by Strabo as the Homeric Thryon or Thryoessa, was situated on a hill near the ford of the river Alpheus.[4] Its strategic position on the road along the Ionian Sea coast made it an important military post.[5] The ancient ruins lie north of the present town.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ De Facto Population of Greece Population and Housing Census of March 18th, 2001 (PDF 793 KB). National Statistical Service of Greece. 2003. 
  2. ^ Name changes of settlements in Greece
  3. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
  4. ^ Strabo Geographica 8.3
  5. ^  Smith, William, ed. (1854). "Epitalium". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography 1. London: John Murray. p. 843. 

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